Brian Masse M.P. letter to Hon. Steven Blaney Minister of Public Safety on partial U.S. government shutdown

The Honourable Steven Blaney

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1AOA6

Dear Minister Blaney,

I am writing you today regarding the partial government shutdown in the United States and how it will affect Canada-US  border crossings. As you are aware, maintaining secure and open travel as well as transport of goods and services between Canada and the United States is essential to the economic viability of both countries.

With Canadians making a total of 4.7 million trips to the United States in July of 2013, and US citizens visiting Canada 1.7 million times during that same period, travel and tourism are vital assets to both countries. Moreover, the United States is Canada's largest trading partner, with exports in goods and services totaling $370 billion CAN in 2011. Trade between the two countries is a part of a global supply chain, with an increasing number of industries relying on time sensitive production methods. Both travel and trade is made possible through a high level of safety and security at all Canada-US border crossings.

Given the importance of the safe, reliable and timely travel of people and transportation  of goods and services between Canada and the United States, I would ask that you please provide me with information detailing what the Government of Canada is doing to monitor border travel and trade volume at Canada-US  border crossings throughout this partial government  shutdown. I remain concerned about the repercussions  of this situation on the Canadian economy and would like assurances that the Government of Canada is monitoring the situation and actively engaged in maintaining open and expedient border crossings with the United States through the duration of their partial government shutdown.

Thank you, in advance, for your time and attention to this letter.

Yours truly,

Brian Masse MP Windsor West